Modern Migration Policy Act Takes Effect on 1 June 2013
IND press release March 6th 2013 — 11.37
On 1 June 2013 the Modern Migration Policy Act will enter into force. This Act (‘MoMi’; pronounce as MoaMee) allows combining the application procedure for an entry clearance visa with the application procedure for a residence permit into a single procedure. This means that for many foreign nationals and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service the double application procedure, and with it the double review, will lapse.
Moreover, it will be possible to grant regular residence permits for longer periods, which will eliminate the need for frequent renewal. With the introduction of the MoMi it will be easier to change educational institutions without a new permit. Procedures will be faster and put less administrative strain on individuals and companies, so State-Secretary Teeven for Security and Justice wrote yesterday in a letter to parliament.
The MoMi furthermore provides for better means of enforcement, among other things by introducing administrative fines and imposing obligations on sponsors. For instance, employers who do not keep (proper) records of the required documents of labour migrants may be fined EUR 3,000 maximum. In his letter the State-Secretary assured that with the introduction of the Modern Migration Policy Act INDiGO (the IND’s new information system) would remain a point of attention in terms of maintainability and future-proof design.
The Modern Migration Policy Act is another step towards the optimisation of client services. The Act will make the Netherlands more appealing to migrants who are desperately needed to strengthen Dutch economy, culture and science. The basic principle of modern migration policy is selectivity: inviting to migrants for whom there is an economic need, while restrictive to others. This will make the Netherlands a more attractive place for international companies and highly skilled migrants to settle, which in turn will give a boost to Dutch economy.